By: David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) – June has been a very wet month around here. So wet, in fact, it’s prompted an early start to efforts in South Jersey to keep the mosquito population in check.

“We’ve gotten about eight inches of rain around here this month, a lot more than usual,” said Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash.

Nash says Camden County officials aren’t waiting for an infestation.

“We’ve seen an increase in the mosquito population, most likely due to the very wet spring we’ve had. So we’ve asked residents to make sure they do everything possible to avoid mosquitoes in their back yards,” Nash said.

The traditional “get rid of any standing water” suggestion would apply here. The county began its annual spraying program Friday, about a month earlier than they had planned, with treatments in Pennsauken and Camden.

“We will be throughout the county, looking for large mosquito populations to put a lid on the mosquito growth and spread,” said Nash.

Nash says no one has come down with any mosquito-borne illnesses yet, like West Nile Virus. So moving early on the prevention front is the prudent way to go.

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